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Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 12 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 613 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Not the old George"

    While seemingly on the road to recovery ("Believing the Lie" is definitely an improvement from the depressed, morose Lindley on his endless walk after the death of his wife), Elizabeth George is still not where she was with her earlier novels. She is such an incredible writer (and Davina Porter is such an incredible reader) that you will be drawn in despite that by the brilliant descriptions, plot twists, and characters...but, ultimately, you will be disappointed - both with the story and with the characters' behavior! If the explanation for the mystery (a tad unbelievable) is what George makes it out to be, then our inspectors messed up catastrophically, destroying people's lives in their stubborn perseverance to redeem themselves as 'sleuths.' Once they realize this, they don't even seem that contrite. One can almost hear them say "Oops," as they go on about their lives, leaving the victims of their sleuthing behind.

    The good thing is that "Believing the Lie" is definitely an improvement over the last few George novels. Maybe the next one will be back to her old standards!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

    Marc says: "Amazing first novel!"
    "Not as good as the author's second book"

    I am glad I read the author's second book ("The Strangler") before reading this one. Otherwise, I might have never gone past this book. While not horrible, it did meander at times. I disagree with some of the other reviewers who say that the ending was totally unpredictable. In fact, part of my problem is that I did not find it unpredictable enough. Nor did I care enough about the protagonist to care that much what happened to him: "Oh, yeah, right. Whatever." (The author also dismisses some loose ends without much thought.)

    As far as the narration, I again disagree with some of the other reviewers (who hated him). I found the reader quite good EXCEPT when he attempted to imitate the Boston accent, making some of the characters (especially the female DA) sound like Elmer Fudd. I happen to live in Boston (not a native) and, trust me, even those with Boston accents don't sound like that.

    All that said, I did not hate the book. Again, his second one is much better -- so I might have to go ahead and read his recent released third.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

    Cidney says: "Who is Crew?"
    "Could not finish it"

    There seemed to be absolutely no attempt by the writers to create a cohesive story. It just jumps from scene to scene, with characters paired at random (it seems). Perhaps it all comes together brilliantly at the end. I will miss that. I was utterly bored.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."

    Clever psychological thriller where two master logicians try to outwit each other. Brilliantly written so as to make every character somehow believable -- and brilliantly read. The reader makes you feel that you are in the room, making the hair on the back of your neck stand at the right moments.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Don't ready it for the Plot"
    What would have made Lost better?

    A story that was even remotely plausible. The character meanders through his days and comes across clues to a crime that happened three years earlier totally by accident. It is absurd and only bearable because the reader is absolutely terrific. He makes it 'sound' like there's a mystery...The mystery, of course, is what did those other reviewers listen to? I can't believe it was the same book I downloaded.

    Has Lost turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But it certainly has turned me off this author. First and last book by him I will be listening to anytime soon.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Witches of East End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Melissa de la Cruz
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The three Beauchamp women—Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid—live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret—they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries....

    Teddy says: "Actually a nice, light listen"
    "Save your credit"

    The reader is pretty good, which lures you into thinking there might be something actually here. The writing, though, is extremely poor. (I kept editing sentences in my head, which is bad.) You never really care about the characters. And the plot!!! What can I say? She gives it a twist at the end which was totally unjustified by anything that came before -- I guess in a desperate attempt to make ti seem like there had been a plot to begin with. (When I realized, with ten minutes to go, that this was "it," I had to make myself listen to the end simply because it felt silly to not finish it when I had gone that far. In the last two minutes, there IS a new twist -- out of nowhere again, just to set the scene for the sequel. No thank you!!!) I am surprised this wasn't produced by Brilliance Audio.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "The book deserves 4 stars, the ending 1."

    I love this kind of fantasy when written for adults -- and this one certainly is. I loved 90% of it. As I approached the end,however, I kept wondering how the wonderful story was going to come to an end. WELL, it doesn't -- and I felt cheated. I am all for series, but when they are well done each book comes to some sort of conclusion. (The second BOOK builds on the first BOOK's semi-complete story.) This one does not. The plot progresses, of course -- and I loved the characters and Ms. Harkness' writing, not to mention Jennifer Ikeda's reading -- but it does not 'conclude' in any way. I will give it two stars for now and perhaps update the rating when she finishes writing the next two parts of this one book. (I will probably wait for her to write the third one, though, before I buy the second.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Go on a trip"

    You certainly leave the United States with this book. I am not convinced that you go to a place that is "real," of course, but the trip is nevertheless entertaining. Much wit, crazy happenings -- and a lovable scoundrel of a hero to root for. What my high school Spanish teacher would have called a "picaresque novel."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

    Connie says: "balm for the soul"
    "Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production."

    The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Great listen!"

    I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I loved listening to this story as read by the author. I thought he gave every irony the perfect tone. In fact, this is the first Dexter book I've read/listened to (I am a fan of the TV series) and am a tad scared of listening to others not read by him.

    As for the story: funny, macabre. Perfect Dexter!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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